The Jersey Race Club has issued a desperate plea for financial assist and hooked up a crowdfunding web page after Covid-19 wiped out its whole programme this yr and fee it an estimated 80 per cent of its income.
With no income from media rights or levy grants, racing at Les Landes depends especially on attendance for its survival.
Although it has been going on for more than 150 years, it exists on some thing of a hand-to-mouth groundwork at the best of times. The scenario can seldom have been more precarious than it is now.
Its nine conferences a year – each comprising 4 Flat races and a hurdle which attracts common crowds of around 2,000 – have been likened by way of some to point-to-pointing, but though the racing itself might be low on quality, its many fans insist it is excessive on charm.
It is one of the island’s foremost spectator sports, contributing about £1 million to the local economic system each and every year, and although there will be no racing till Easter Monday at the earliest, the Les Landes song requires preservation at some stage in in preparation, so cash is wanted urgently.
Andy Cadoret, the race club secretary, said: “We want to increase £100,000. We are in search of £50,000 thru the crowdfunding page, and we’ve got bought different fundraising going on, inclusive of asking our 200 or so members to pay subsequent year’s costs early and setting up a patrons’ fund for large donations.
He urges those wishing to help secure the future of racing in Jersey to donate here and ahead the link to buddies and family.
Racecourse commentator Mark Johnson has been calling the horses there typically for the ultimate 29 years and is the outgoing president of the race membership committee. He said: “Jersey gives us a racing trip. This has caused a terrific loss to the racing community. In particular to the devoted crew who work so difficult to make it happen, as properly as to the owners, trainers and riders both in Jersey.”